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Architectural Photography

For the past few months, my focus on photography has shifted to Architectural Photography.  I realized that although I would much rather be outside looking at a breathtaking landscape and enjoying the sounds and feel of nature, that is just not the reality of my current situation. That’s mainly because where I live, residential housing and commercial buildings have been coming up like mushrooms.  Pflugerville is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, 11th on the scale according to census.  More and more people and businesses are coming here.

It’s hard to ignore the reality that the place where I used to enjoy taking photos of sunrises and sunsets are now surrounded by all these houses and buildings.  With so much going on around me, I decided it’s time to add Architectural photography to my skills.  I have shot some architectural photos before in my travels but as I learn more about this type of photography, the way I see things have changed.  It is a different way of shooting compared to landscapes especially when you are doing interiors.  The lines must be straight, the colors have to be true, and the angle of shot plays a significant role in the way the room is perceived.  There’s a lot to learn because it’s a different kind of specialty.

I am so excited and hopeful with the many possibilities architectural photography skills can lead me to.  If you are an architect, a realtor, an interior designer, decorator, home stager or a vacation rental owner, I would love to meet you and discuss how we can work together.

Here are some of the work I have done recently.

Real Estate Photography

Contemporary Dining Room and Staircase

 

Kitchen

Modern house kitchen

 

aeronautics, bedroom, theme

Themed Bedroom

You can see these photos and more here.

Let me know how I can help you with your photography needs.

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Photo Project Theme Week 34 – Life at the Beach

Most of us know that spending time outside is so much better for us than staying inside for our physical and mental health. Sunlight and fresh air have restorative benefits that we should take advantage of.  A lot of people love going to the beach or mountains during summer since the kids are out of school.

Parasailing_©2016 Len Bishop

Parasailing was one of the fun things to do at the resort.

My daughter and I spent one week in June in a beautiful resort called Vidanta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  We spent our days at the beach and the pool. Digging your feet in the sand actually stimulates your nerves.  During the hottest part of the days we just hung out in our room, we also had our own pool in our balcony with ocean view.  The days were also spent trying out an assortment of food from many fancy restaurants. It was a fun experience for both of us.

Just resting

It was a surprise to me that there weren’t a lot of seagulls at the beach.  The majority of the birds I saw were brown pelicans.

 

Go Away! This is mine.

This seagull seems to be saying “Go away! This is mine!”

 

What we did that we enjoyed the most was watching the sunset while swimming at the pool.  It was very relaxing.  And the sunsets at Bandera Bay were so beautiful.  The colors were magnificent.

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A restful end of day

Peaceful way to end the day.

 

Morning traveller_©2016 Len Bishop-2

Throughout the day, a few sailboats and motorboats go by. This was taken from the balcony of my room.

 

The Adventurer

The waves get high.

 

Usually, when I take photos of a scene that includes strangers who actually enhance the scene, if possible I make sure that they are not identifiable in my photos.  This is mainly because I myself don’t want to appear in other people’s photos without my permission.  It’s my way of respecting their privacy the same way I want to be respected.

Beach Scene_©2016 Len Bishop-4

Just a few people swimming and watching the sunset. I have observed that there were more people walking along the beach in the morning, mostly runners and joggers. I prefer walks during sunset.

 

Creating Memories

Whether they’re sisters or best friends . . .  I’m sure they’re making fun memories.

I hope you enjoyed some of the photos that I’ve shared from my beach vacation.  Go out and spend your time outdoors.

Also, check out the store, I have added a few more photos there from my Mexico trip.

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My Photography Then and Now

Exactly one week from now, I will be celebrating my sixth year in digital SLR photography.  It was on February 4, 2010 when I received my very first DSLR – a new Nikon D3000 as a birthday present from my husband and my daughter.  It wasn’t a surprise. I knew I was going to get it because I requested for it.  I had been anxiously waiting for it in the mail.

I owe my introduction to the wonderful world of photography from my brother Alex.  He used to have a SLR camera and shot with it occasionally. During Christmas break of 2014, he brought his new Nikon D3000 camera with him when he came to visit.  I was so curious and kept asking him questions so he let me borrow it.  I remember my very first shot was not good at all. I didn’t know how to make the camera work – I didn’t even know the proper way to hold it.  I didn’t know what all the buttons and dials were for and what the numbers meant.  I didn’t even know how to focus properly even though it was set on auto focus 🙂    But as I kept firing the shutter, I got more and more curious.  I asked my brother if he will give me his new camera, but my pleading didn’t work.

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2015 Pflugerville Photography Exhibit

This year, I am participating again the Pflugerville Photography Exhibit at the Pflugerville Public Library. This is a great way to showcase the work of talented local photographers who are passionate about their craft. I have four photos on display. Three of which were printed on 16″ x 20″ canvas, while the other one was printed on a 20″ x 24″ metal.

On display at the Pflugerville Library - Len Bishop Photography

On display at the Pflugerville Library – Len Bishop Photography

The exhibit will run from October 4 to November 18, 2015. So if you are in the area, I am inviting you to browse through the photos at the library. And if you’ve already been there, thank you for visiting.  Now go tell your family and friends about it. This will help spread the word, and hopefully will get other photographers to join the exhibit next year.

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Start your year Right – Connect With Nature

Happy New Year everyone!  Most of us think of ways on how we can make our new year better than last year.  We all at some point in time have come up with new year’s resolutions.  But how serious are we really about fulfilling them?

Focusing on key areas of our lives – mental, physical, social, and spiritual health will help us reach our optimum well being. As you know, as a Landscape and Nature photographer, I try to share the benefits that nature offers us because I love nature and I’m passionate about it.

So here are some things we can do to reap the benefits of nature and help us move forward to a great fresh start.

Meditative Hiking / Reflection / Commune / Practice Mindfulness

One of the things I love about nature is its potential for peace and quiet.  I say “potential” because I see some people especially from younger generation who go out and hike or walk in the park but have earphones plugged into their ears so they can be listening to something else.  For me, that just totally defeats the purpose of being out there in the first place.  It’s difficult to find a truly peaceful place these days especially if you live in a busy city or suburb.  A lot of times you have to go far away and deep into the woods to enjoy the quiet.  This can be a challenge to some as they have no means to go far and away.

Hiking

In the quiet of nature, try to just keep your mind still and forget about your worries and cares.  Try to just think of the present moment and commune with nature. Meditate and reflect. You can do this as you walk or sit in a place surrounded by the beauty of nature.  This gives a very calming effect in your being.  And as you do this, be mindful of what surrounds you, the details of the trees, the leaves, the paths you cross, the rocks, even the occasional wildlife you encounter along your walk. Be one with nature.

 Bamboo

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